Clinton aide tweets joke video of her avoiding hug during debate prep

Philippe Reines, a longtime operative for Hillary Clinton, seems to have seen the news about how the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director felt put-off during his meetings with the president before he was sacked.

Comey's efforts failed when Trump finally noticed him and pulled him in for an uncomfortable embrace.

Reines proceeds to wrap his arms around Clinton as she attempts to scamper away and laughter fills the room.

Reines released the footage on Twitter.

And as the video from the prep session shows, Clinton was having none of it.

New details emerged this week about President Trump using a hug as a power move meant to make the recipient of the squeeze appear more friendly with him than they actually are. Reines chases Clinton, jokingly hugging her as she tries to escape.

Such interference wouldn't have happened in George W. Bush's White House, Michael B. Mukasey, who served as attorney general under Bush and also as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, said at a panel discussion.

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Reines seems to have done a good job in this role, as Clinton is generally understood to have won all three debates (not that it kept her opponent from the Oval Office, of course!) And as we've learned from Comey's experience, effectively dodging one of the president's menacing Tony Soprano hugs doesn't win you points with the president-although it may keep you out from underneath his stubby, grasping fingers, which is certainly something.

And the comparisons to Comey's non-hug with Trump in the Oval Office ring true, too.

In the video, she is seen avoiding his hug by reaching out and shaking his hand.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the handshake between Trump and Comey occurred in the Blue Room of the White House.

Phillipe Reines tweeted a video showing Clinton and himself, as Trump, entering a simulated debate setup for a traditional handshake.

In fact, during Trump's campaign he stated, "If I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your (Hillary Clinton) situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception".

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